The 34th Africa Cup of Nations will commence in Ivory Coast on 13 January after being shifted from 2023 to 2024. The change in schedule occurred due to a rainy season in West Africa. A total of 24 nations will take part in the tournament which will be completed with the final on the 11th of February.
Qualification was divided into two sections, with the preliminary round featuring the lowest-12-ranked African (CAF) nations, followed by the group stages. Final qualification for the tournament was based on a standard group format (Groups A to L), with the top two teams qualifying for AFCON 2023, and the remaining two sides per group eliminated.
The majority of teams expected to qualify for this year’s competition were able to secure their palace quite easily. This includes 16 highest FIFA-ranked African nations. Perhaps the most notable absence is Gabon (FIFA rank 86). Tanzania (FIFA tank 122) are the lowest-ranked side to make it through.
The defending champions of the Africa Cup of Nations is Senegal, who beat Egypt in the 2021 Final via penalties, 4-2. Egypt has the most number of AFCON championship wins with 7.
2024 AFCON Groups
The tournament is split into six groups of four. Group winners and runners-up and the four highest ranked third-placed teams qualify for the knockout stage.
Ivory Coast (hosts), Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau
Egypt, Ghana, Cape Verde, Mozambique
Senegal (holders), Cameroon, Guinea, Gambia
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Angola
Tunisia, Mali, South Africa, Namibia
Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania
2024 AFCON Full Schedule
Below you can find a complete list of all AFCON fixtures to be played in the months of January and February:
Saturday 13th January
Ivory Coast vs Guinea-Bissau
Sunday 14th January
Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea
Egypt vs Mozambique
Ghana vs Cape Verde
Monday 15th January
Senegal vs Gambia
Cameroon vs Guinea
Algeria vs Angola
Tuesday 16th January
Burkina Faso vs Mauritania
Tunisia vs Namibia
Mali vs South Africa
Wednesday 17th January
Morocco vs Tanzania
DR Congo vs Zambia
Thursday 18th January
Equatorial Guinea vs Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast vs Nigeria
Egypt vs Ghana
Friday 19th January
Cape Verde vs Mozambique
Senegal vs Cameroon
Guinea vs Gambia
Saturday 20th January
Algeria vs Burkina Faso
Mauritania vs Angola
Tunisia vs Mali
Sunday 21st January
Morocco vs DR Congo
Zambia vs Tanzania
South Africa vs Namibia
Monday 22nd January
Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast
Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria
Cape Verde vs Egypt
Mozambique vs Ghana
Tuesday 23rd January
Gambia vs Cameroon
Guinea vs Senegal
Angola vs Burkina Faso
Mauritania vs Algeria
Wednesday 24th January
Namibia vs Mali
South Africa, Tunisia
Tanzania vs DR Congo
Zambia vs Morocco
Saturday 27th January
Group D Winner vs Third Place Group B/E/F
Group A Runner-Up vs Group C Runner-Up
Sunday 28th January
Group A Winner vs Third Place Group C/D/E
Ground B Runner-Up vs Group F Runner-Up
Monday 29th January
Group B Winner vs Third Place Group A/C/D
Group C Winner vs Third Place Group A/B/F
Tuesday 30th January
Group E Winner vs Group D Runner-Up
Group F Winner vs Group E Runner-Up
Friday 2nd February
Saturday 3rd February
Wednesday 7th February
Saturday 10th February
Sunday 11th February
AFCON 2024 FAQ
If you’re looking for quick answers to commonly asked questions about 2024 AFCON read the section that follows.
When does the AFCON 2024 begin?
The tournament will start on the 13th of January this year and will continue until the 11th of February.
Who are the defending champions?
The defending champions of the tournament are Senegal who were able to capture the championship back in 2021.
How many teams will qualify for the knockout round?
Of the 24 teams participating, group winners, runners-up and the four highest ranked third-placed teams will qualify for the knockout stage.